On the same day her family launched a call on social media about their daughter’s disappearance, Moroccan police found the little girl.
Rabat – Morocco’s General Directorate for Territorial Surveillance (DGST) and the judicial police of Beni Mellal and Fquih Ben Saleh in the Khenifra region found a three-year-old girl on Tuesday in a remote area in Fquih Ben Saleh after she had allegedly been kidnapped.
The police arrested three suspects in the abduction, in addition to a member of the auxiliary forces and three women from the girls’ family who had allegedly planned the kidnapping.
The police launched an investigation to find the girl immediately after they received a phone call from her family on Tuesday afternoon, reported the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN).
The child was returned safe and sound to her family on the same day.
An investigation into the case is underway under the supervision of the public prosecutor.
In recent months, several very young girls aged five and below have been reported missing or kidnapped in Morocco. Some were abducted but eventually found and returned safely to their families while others either remained missing or were found dead.
In January, police in the Azlaf commune in Driouch Province in northern Morocco found a 3-year-old child, Ikhlas, dead in a forested mountain area after she had been missing for weeks.
Ikhlas’ tragedy made headlines in Morocco and saddened many.
In October, a 5-year-old girl was kidnapped from a market in Al-Wifaq in the Hay Al Hassani area of Casablanca. Police found the girl and her kidnapper who had locked her up for days.
Another 5-year-old girl, named Khadija, was found after she went missing from a souk in Casablanca in September. Moroccans on social media shared pictures of her to help find her.
In May, a 4-year-old named Ghazal from Riad El Oualfa, Diour Nasrani, Casablanca, went missing for 11 days. She was found on May 24 after her story had made headlines.
The police did not report the motives behind the kidnappings.